Faculty & Staff

All bios are sorted alphabetically.

Faculty

Becky Clark

Chair of the Department of Social Work
Associate Professor of Social Work
Director of the Social Work Program

Contact via email
615.966.5702 (ext. 5702)

Amy Crossland

Associate Professor

Practice experience includes over five years with victim witness services in the District Attorney's Offices in Davidson and Williamson counties. Responsibilities included working with victims and witnesses of crimes, including: domestic violence, home invasions, robberies, thefts, rape and sexual abuse, vehicular homicides, and murders. Services provided included assessment of needs,...

Contact via email
615.966.5790 (ext. 5790)

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Associate Professor
Practicum Coordinator

Watson is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker and Master Addiction Counselor with over ten years of practice experience. This includes working in adolescent psych and family counseling. She most recently served the Vanderbilt Addiction Center as Research Coordinator of a multi-site national study concerning opiate use and treatment among...

Contact via email
615.966.5756 (ext. 5756)

Staff

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Social Work Admin Asst PT

Contact via email
615.966.7079 (ext. 7079)

Adjunct Faculty

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Adjunct Faculty - Sociology

Contact via email
615.966.7079 (ext. 7079)

Beth Jent

Adjunct Faculty

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Cayce Watson, LAPSW, MAC
Associate Professor;
Practicum Coordinator
B.S. (Lipscomb University), M.S.S.W. (University of Tennessee College of Social Work)
cayce.watson@lipscomb.edu

Practice Experience:

Watson is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker and Master Addiction Counselor with over ten years of practice experience. This includes working in adolescent psych and family counseling. She most recently served the Vanderbilt Addiction Center as Research Coordinator of a multi-site national study concerning opiate use and treatment among pregnant women. Her tenure at Vanderbilt also included four years as a clinical social worker serving families and individuals that experience both mental illness and substance dependence. She also served as Clinical Research Coordinator for multiple clinical trials at Tennessee Christian Medical Center. Watson is a member of the Institutional Review Board for Lipscomb University and Foundations Recovery Network, a Lipscomb IDEAL faculty partner, and a Lipscomb University Strengths Coach. A former dance teacher at Jody’s School of Performing Arts, Watson currently serves on the board of Rejoice School of Ballet, a faith-based non-profit that provides a dance education for low-income children and teens. She is also an adjunct instructor for The University of Tennessee College of Social Work. Her research interests include women’s issues, substance abuse and misuse, and public health policy.

 
Amy Crossland, MSSW

Associate Professor;
B.S. (Lipscomb University), M.S.S.W. (University of Tennessee College of Social Work)
amy.crossland@lipscomb.edu

Practice Experience:

Practice experience includes over five years with victim witness services in the District Attorney's Offices in Davidson and Williamson counties.  Responsibilities included working with victims and witnesses of crimes, including: domestic violence, home invasions, robberies, thefts, rape and sexual abuse, vehicular homicides, and murders. Services provided included assessment of needs, counseling, education and support  throughout the court process, advocacy for vulnerable populations, and referral to needed services, as well as macro level coordination with community providers to ensure victim protection and safety.  In addition to practice within the court system, Crossland served the needs of children and at-risk teens through Centerstone Behavioral Health, housed in Murrell School, as well as through Oasis Center Youth Emergency Shelter.  Services provided in each of these settings focused on assisting youth and families with crisis intervention, assessing and addressing individual needs and facilitating maximum interpersonal and intrapersonal development through individual, group, and family counseling.  Crossland currently works pro bono with the Brentwood Police Department providing victim advocacy through education, support, and referral for needed services.